seattle conference agenda




$75 (Includes Boxed Lunch)

Nile Shrine Country Club, located just minutes outside Seattle, in Mount Lake Terrace, Washington, is a public 18-hole golf course. Nestled amongst douglas firs, poplars, and maples with gently rolling fairways, Nile Shrine Country Club is challenging to golfers of all skill levels. 

1st Place Team $200  2nd Place Team $100
Closest to the pin $100 prize  Longest Drive $100 prize  |  Hole in ONE $50,000

City Tour
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  $55
The tour will make stops at three main locations: Pioneer Square, the West Seattle Viewpoint, and the Ballard Locks and Fish Ladder. At Pioneer Square you will become acquainted with the rich history of the city as you visit the Klondike Gold Rush Museum. You will also see Waterfall Garden Park, the birthplace of UPS, one of the city's oldest firehouses, a glass blowing shop, and more. At the West Seattle Viewpoint you will have a chance to snap a photo of the skyline of the city. The Ballard Locks and Fish Ladder is a 100 year old boat elevator with fish viewing windows to display salmon migration. Other sights on the tour include the International District, Sports Stadiums, Starbucks Headquarters, Shopping District, Space Needle, Museum of Popular Culture, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Fisherman's Terminal, the Waterfront, and the Olympic Sculpture Park. At the end of the tour you will have the option to be dropped off at the Pike Place Market, a great place to grab lunch, or the hotel.  

We will depart the hotel at 10:00 a.m. Our last stop will be "Pikes Market" If you would like to depart the tour for lunch at the market your return trip to the hotel is on your own. Those not eating lunch at the market will be returned to the hotel 1:00 p.m.

NCOFCU Monthly Board Meeting
4:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m

Welcome Reception
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

“Welcome to Seattle”
“Supported By Our Conference Sponsor”
Come meet and greet old friends and make new ones. Open bar with hors d'oeuvres. Start your first evening in Seattle right! Included in attendee, guest and exhibitor registration.

Guest Tour  
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  $90 (Lunch On Your Own)

All in one tour. You will be transported to Center City to take your time and stroll through 3 of the most popular sites in Seattle!


Space Needle
Make memories in authentic iconic Seattle Style. Located at the 100’ elevation of Seattle’s landmark Space Needle, the SkyLine Level offers a monumental experience for any celebration. Whether it’s the wedding of your dreams, a milestone birthday, or an epic anniversary, the 360 degree panoramic view adds the perfect backdrop. At the Space Needle, our unmatched views, professional guest–focused service and freshly prepared Northwest cuisine will ensure a unique and unforgettable event. 10-350 guests.
For 1,500+ guests — Please inquire about Block Party options.

Chihuly Garden & Glass Museum
An unforgettable experience. Chihuly Garden and Glass is a must-see during your visit to Seattle and offers a truly spectacular place to host your event. Visually stunning, this unique setting includes an eight gallery exhibition surrounded by a richly landscaped garden and a centerpiece glasshouse featuring an expansive 100-foot-long sculpture in a color palette of reds, oranges, yellows and ambers. Delight in this exquisite exhibition, which provides a look at the inspiration and influences that inform the career of artist Dale Chihuly.

Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)

Explore some of the most significant moments in rock music, science fiction, and popular culture through MoPOP's (formerly EMP Museum) impressive exhibitions and interactive installations.

We will depart the hotel at 9:30 a.m. Our first tour will be the Space Needle at 10:00 a.m. From that point on, you will be on your own to visit the MOPOP, Chihuly and have lunch (on your own). Buses will be returning to the hotel at 4:00 p.m

General Sessions 

Attendee Meet & Greet

Our first session will be the traditional meet and greet the attending credit unions. Each credit union will present a brief description of their credit union, any major activities, what has worked for them and what hasn't. A great opportunity to begin collaboration and have continued discussions throughout the conference so that you have some takeaways that you may be able to implement at your credit union.

Break with Exhibitors

Tim Harrington,
Keynote Speaker

Author, consultant and speaker Tim Harrington has worked with credit unions in 48 states, two territories, Canada and Mexico. His progressive ideas and broad knowledge of credit union issues has made Tim a valuable resource for credit unions nationwide. Tim has spoken to tens of thousands of credit union volunteers and staff and continues to inspire them to improve their credit unions.

Since 1996, Tim has been President of T.E.A.M. Resources, a firm providing consulting, strategic planning, and training to credit unions from coast-to coast. TEAM Resources’ clients range from a few million in assets to the billions in assets.

Welcome Video

Mollie Bell,
Chief Engagement Officer CUNA

Mollie Bell is chief engagement officer for the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). She works closely with CUNA's leadership team and marketplace leaders to implement lasting, positive change within CUNA as defined by CUNA's vision and strategic plan. Bell's work includes developing collaborative, cross-functional teams to assess current capability gaps to ensure CUNA's strategic initiatives are implemented and success measures are realized.

Bell has extensive experience in organizational strategic planning and implementation including over 8 years focused on the credit union movement.

Prior to joining CUNA, Bell served as Filene Research Institute's chief engagement officer. Bell and her team were responsible for collaborating with and developing new benefactors, maturing Filene's membership processes, and managing Filene's brand and events. Bell previous served as an executive with CUNA Mutual Group and held consulting positions with Accenture, a global management consulting and technology services organization. Her diverse background also includes positions in law, teaching and sales.

Bell earned her law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and her bachelor of business administration degree from Lamar University.

Networking Lunch (Exhibitors Open)

CEO Breakout
Executives will discuss hot topics and what and how worked for them and why they made those decisions.

Directors Breakout

Tim Harrington will discuss the latest trends and requirements for directors.

Break With Exhibitors

Breakout Sessions

Annual Meeting
NCOFCU, where we are today and looking into the future.As we come together in Seattle, let's unite and do what credit union people do best, work together. Now more than ever before, unity is the foundation of success not only in business strategies but also in building lasting relationships that will enable us to forge ahead.


Curt Long,
Chief Economist and Vice President of Research NAFCU

Curt Long was named chief economist and vice president of research in July 2017 after having been director of research and chief economist since August 2014. In this role, he serves as the association's chief economic analyst, conducting economic and financial policy research and providing ongoing economic analysis for NAFCU's staff and its member credit unions. Long also helps produce a number of NAFCU's publications – including the quarterly CU Performance Benchmark Report and the monthly Economic & CU Monitor – and its numerous economic forecasts and surveys. In addition, he presents on economic topics at NAFCU events and conferences. 

Long holds a Master's degree in Economics from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor's degree in Accounting from Texas Christian University.

Prior to joining NAFCU, Long practiced his financial skills for a real estate development company in Irving, Texas.

Break with Exhibitors

Panel Discussions

Panels of executives and volunteers will discuss what and how worked for them and why they made those decisions.

Guest and Attendee Tour

Explore the History and Future of Aviation at the Museum of Flight
Ticketed $50 (Lunch On Your Own At Museum)

Experience an out-of-this-world day at the largest air and space museum on the West Coast. The 12-acre, visually-stunning Museum of Flight campus makes the wonder of flight accessible through an outstanding collection of more than 150 historically significant air and spacecraft, interactive exhibits, virtual reality simulators, and hands-on activities.

Upon arrival, a docent-led tour will guide guests through several of the key exhibits, including the Great and Side Galleries, the space exhibit, and the outdoor Aviation Pavilion: a collection of large planes including the Concorde, first 747, and first jet-powered Air Force One.

Depart hotel at 2:00 p.m. and return by 4:00 p.m.

Friday Dinner
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. (Included With Attendee, Guest & Exhibitor Registrations)

The Seattle Aquarium offers a magical dinner venue. Located on Pier 59 at the edge of Puget Sound's Elliott Bay, the Aquarium offers some of the most extraordinary spaces in Seattle. Our dinner will be in the Ackerley Foundation Puget Sound Hall with the luminous Window on Washington Waters, complete with hundreds of fish, our personal interactive party decorations!

Bill Stainton is a multiple Emmy Award-winning TV producer, writer, and performer; an author; a business humorist; and an internationally-recognized Beatles expert. He blends the business smarts he learned from twenty years in corporate management with the show biz sparks he garnered from working with people like Jerry Seinfeld, Ellen DeGeneres, and Bill Nye the Science guy to create entertaining and enlightening presentations enjoyed by audiences around the world!

As the executive producer of Seattle’s legendary comedy TV show Almost Live!, Bill led a talented and highly creative team to unparalleled success: a #1 rating for ten straight years, and over 100 Emmy Awards (29 of which went to Bill). At the same time, he also owned his own corporate training company, authoring nine training programs in subjects ranging from Office Politics to Customer Service to Team Motivation. He’s been quoted in The Wall Street Journal and Forbes, and is a regular columnist for Seattle Business magazine.

From Maine to Malaysia, Bill is committed to helping his audiences achieve their highest potential— while maintaining a sense of fun along the way!

Conference Close Out, Prizes And Looking Forward To 2019

Remember to bring your name badge with you to all events. If tickets are issued, they will be collected by staff as you enter the event or function. If you forget, and some do, please see one of the event staff for assistance.

*Scheduling may change. Check for posted updates or with any NCOFCU board member.

Grant Sheehan CEO

Cancellations and Substitutions

If you’re unable to attend, you’re welcome to send a substitute. Or, if you cancel45 days before the event in writing, you may get a full refund. After that date, there is no refund, but you may use 75% of your registration fee at any future NCOFCU Convention. Registrants who do not cancel and do not attend are liable for the full conference fee.
NCOFCU reserves the right to cancel or reschedule the event due to unforeseen circumstances, and will refund fees if the event is rescheduled or location is changed.
In order to be considered for refund, you must cancel your registration due to the change.